75 First Dance Songs that Will Make You Swoon

A bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

During the reception there are certain events that everyone looks forward to: the entrance of the newlyweds, the buffet line opening, and of course, the first dance. The first dance is a special moment during the reception because it’s one of the only times during the wedding that you get a chance to slow down, take a breath, and soak everything in—and all to the soundtrack of your favorite song.

But how out of thousands of songs do you choose one that really speaks to you? What if you don’t have an “our song”? We’ve gathered 75 first dance songs that will hopefully give you inspiration for your moment in the spotlight as a newlywed couple. Happy listening!

Classics or Standard Songs for Your First Dance

When you’re looking for songs that are classic, timeless, or that have the most tear-jerker worthy lyrics, look no further than this list. Classic or “standard” songs are always crowd pleasers, and it’s highly unlikely that you’ll look back on your wedding song and laugh or cringe.

At Last – Etta James

Cheek to Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong

Everything – Michael Bublé

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli

When I Fall in Love – Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole

When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters

Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals

The Look of Love – Dusty Springfield

Somethin’ Stupid – Nancy Sinatra

You Send Me – Sam Cooke

All of Me – Billie Holiday

Oldies but Goodies for Your First Dance

If you and your partner consider yourselves stuck musically in the past, then this list is for you. You have no idea what the cool kids are listening to these days, and that’s perfectly okay with you. Slow dancing to the oldies suits the two of you just fine.

My All – Mariah Carey

By Your Side – Sade

For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder

The Sweetest Thing – Lauryn Hill

All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo

For You I Will – Monica

Is This Love – Bob Marley

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Truly – Lionel Richie

Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Country Music Songs for Your First Dance

Whether you are wearing a cowboy hat and boots to your wedding, or you just plan on doing a lot of two stepping at your reception, these are some perfect country love songs for your first dance.

If I Were a Carpenter – Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash

Rose of My Heart – Johnny Cash

Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert

Free – Zac Brown Band

When I Said I Do – Clint Black, Lisa Hartman Black

Then – Brad Paisley

God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton

I Cross My Heart – George Strait

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

Rock and Roll Songs for Your First Dance

Even rock stars fall in love occasionally—and luckily they gave us some of the best love songs in history. If you don’t consider yourselves the classic love song kind of couple, these songs might just be for you.

Fell in Love with a Girl – The White Stripes

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

She – Elvis Costello

Here, There and Everywhere – The Beatles

Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney

Baby I Love You – Ramones

Lovesong – The Cure

Just Like Heaven – The Cure

Pop Songs for Your First Dance

When it comes to your musical taste, you prefer top 40 and anything that’s topped the charts. These are some of the best pop songs in recent years that will make you sway and swoon on the dance floor.

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

All of Me – John Legend

Coming Home – Leon Bridges

Halo – Beyonce

Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

Count on Me – Bruno Mars

Adore You – Miley Cyrus

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Only Love – Ben Howard

You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

Marry You – Bruno Mars

Indie Songs for Your First Dance

You might not call yourself hipsters, but let’s just say that you prefer your music on the alternative side. Here are some indie hits (old and new) that would be perfect for the coolest of the cool couples to dance to.

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova (Music from “Once”)

Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Better Together – Jack Johnson

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes

Oh, It Is Love – Hellogoodbye

Eyes – Rogue Wave

Tougher Than the Rest – Camera Obscura

Electric Love – BØRNS

I Will Be There – Odessa

Sea of Love – Cat Power

Love is a Verb – John Mayer

Lucky – Jason Mraz

A Beautiful Mess – Jason Mraz

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Ingrid Michaelson

Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Us – Regina Spektor

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

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